trichlorfon

noun
tri·​chlor·​fon | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈklȯr-ˌfän How to pronounce trichlorfon (audio) \
variants: or less commonly trichlorphon

Definition of trichlorfon

: a crystalline compound C4H8Cl3O4P used especially as an insecticide

Examples of trichlorfon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five of these chemicals -- naled, methamidophos, trichlorfon, chlorpyrifos and phorate -- showed up in at least 10% of the cord blood samples. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Study links mosquito spray to delayed motor skills in babies," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of trichlorfon

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trichlorfon

tri- + chlor- + -fon (irregular from phosphonate, a salt derived from phosphine)

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“Trichlorfon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trichlorfon. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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trichlorfon

noun
tri·​chlor·​fon
variants: also trichlorphon \ (ˈ)trī-​ˈklō(ə)r-​ˌfän, -​ˈklȯ(ə)r-​ How to pronounce trichlorfon (audio) \

Medical Definition of trichlorfon

: an organophosphate C4H8Cl3O4P used as a parasiticide in veterinary medicine

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